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Washed and Waiting

Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality
Narrated by: Adam Black
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This is a book written primarily for gay Christians and those who love them.

Part memoir, part pastoral-theological reflection, this book wrestles with three main areas of struggle that many gay Christians face:

(1) What is God's will for sexuality?

(2) If the historic Christian tradition is right and same-sex behavior is ruled out, how should gay Christians deal with their resulting loneliness?

(3) How can gay Christians come to an experience of grace that rescues them from crippling feelings of shame and guilt? Author Wesley Hill is not advocating that it is possible for every gay Christian to become straight, nor is he saying that God affirms homosexuality. Instead, Hill comes alongside gay Christians and says, "You are not alone. Here is my experience; it's like yours. And God is with us. We can share in God's grace."

While some authors profess a deep faith in Christ and claim a powerful experience of the Holy Spirit precisely in and through their homosexual practice, Hill's own story, by contrast, is a story of feeling spiritually hindered, rather than helped, by his homosexuality.

His story testifies that homosexuality was not God's original creative intention for humanity—that it is, on the contrary, a tragic sign of human nature and relationships being fractured by sin—and therefore that homosexual practice goes against God's express will for all human beings, especially those who trust in Christ.

©2010 Wesley Hill (P)2010 Zondervan

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  • CCL
  • 27-01-20

Incredible...even the second and third time around

Wes Hill is telling a story that the church needs to hear... because it is a story of struggle that all of us can resonate with, whether we are part of an excluded community or not.

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  • Kaitlyn Stavreff
  • 22-07-18

Great thoughts

His story was encouraging to me and challenging. He considers himself a Christian who experiences homosexual attraction, but does not allow that to define him. The book goes through the struggle and shame he has experienced in his life so far. If you are looking for answers for yourself or a friend, this book doesn't have them. Instead, you will hear encouragement from a man zealous for Christ in the middle of his journey.

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  • phlip
  • 20-06-18

WOW

I could 100% relate to just about everything in this book! If you struggle with homosexuality you MUST read this

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  • S. Avellino
  • 19-01-18

Redemptive and applicable to all who struggle with sin

Wesley comforts others with the comfort he’s been given! His story is a remarkable story of personal sacrifice for the sake of Christ. All Who claim the name of Christ can be encouraged by Wesley’s story and can find words of encouragement and guidance as we strive to walk alongside our brothers and sisters who struggle with same-sex attraction.

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  • jeremiah semmler
  • 08-03-17

Amazing book

This book was so eye opening and encouraging in so many ways. As a pastor wanting to understand the struggle many people go though this was a great book. It's not just a book to understand homosexuality but it is a great book to understand and see the struggle of any temptation.

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  • Kevin
  • 06-11-16

A new perspective

Christianity and homosexuality usually has strong oppositions when discussed in one message. Washed and waiting provides a breath of fresh air about how the two can work together in forming a better core for those that are struggling.

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  • Matt
  • 04-11-16

Left wanting

I initially got this book because it had great reviews. There were parts of the authors story that I really liked. The sharing of his personal journey, his struggles and his honesty. The other parts I didn't like was his ability to take scripture and come to the conclusion that he has to live a celebrate life as a gay Christian. Seems to me he is living in his head. I feel sad for him because he may find love in another gay Christian that would fulfill him on some levels. Let's be real. Sex fulfills on a certain level. Why can't this author experience that in his lifetime in a healthy matter?

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  • Scott Macy
  • 17-09-16

Really REALLY helpful.

I really appreciated this book. It's well-written, and extremely well read, and the message is extremely helpful. I was surprised at how much I could take from the book as a heterosexual. Three thumbs up.

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  • Matt
  • 30-06-16

New Insight

loved it gives me new insight on what I'm dealing with and how God views us ad his children.

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  • Robert Hurlocker
  • 20-07-15

Knowing Personal Memoir

Don't read this book for a compelling exegesis of the Biblical text; Hill takes it for granted that homosexual sex is always sinful.

Do, however, read this book for a compelling and relatable memoir I'm which the author outlines his personal struggles with loneliness as a gay christian who has chosen to remain celibate.

I recommend reading this book alongside Justin Lee's book, "Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays VS Christians Debate", another memoir that discusses the place for Gay men and women in today's church.

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